Chris Butler studied medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1991-1994) and then at the University of Edinburgh (1994-1997). He conducted his PhD on the syndrome of transient epileptic amnesia under the supervision of Professor Adam Zeman. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Memory and Aging Center, University of California at San Francisco and moved to Oxford in 2009. He was awarded a Clinician Scientist fellowship from the Medical Research Council in 2013.
Training and qualifications
- PhD (Edin) 2009
- MSc (Edin) in Philosophy of Mind 2009
- MRCP (UK) 2001
- MB ChB (Edin) 1997
- MA (Cantab) 1995
PhD FRCP Edin
Memory loss is a disabling consequence of many common neurological disorders including dementia, stroke, epilepsy and head injury. A central goal of cognitive neuroscience is therefore to understand the relationships between memory and brain function, both in health and disease.
My research focusses on understanding the memory deficits experienced by patients with damage to the medial temporal lobes of the brain due to:
- limbic encephalitis
- Alzheimer's disease
Sources of funding
- John Fell Fund (2017-2018)
- MRC (2015-2020)
- ARUK (2017-2018)
- MRC (2013-2018)
- NIHR (2009-2013)
- Wellcome Trust (2010-2013)
- Epilepsy Research UK (2010-2013)
Encoding-related brain activity and accelerated forgetting in transient epileptic amnesia.
Atherton KE. et al, (2018), Cortex
Accelerated long-term forgetting in asymptomatic APOE ε4 carriers.
Zimmermann JF. and Butler CR., (2018), Lancet Neurol, 17, 394 - 395
Accelerated long-term forgetting in presymptomatic autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease: a cross-sectional study.
Weston PSJ. et al, (2018), Lancet Neurol, 17, 123 - 132
Association between precuneus volume and autobiographical memory impairment in posterior cortical atrophy: Beyond the visual syndrome.
Ahmed S. et al, (2018), Neuroimage Clin, 18, 822 - 834
Consensus classification of posterior cortical atrophy.
Crutch SJ. et al, (2017), Alzheimers Dement, 13, 870 - 884
Sensorimotor adaptation as a behavioural biomarker of early spinocerebellar ataxia type 6.
Panouillères MTN. et al, (2017), Sci Rep, 7
Transient Epileptic Amnesia over twenty years: Long-term follow-up of a case series with three detailed reports.
Savage SA. et al, (2016), Seizure, 43, 48 - 55
Slow wave sleep and accelerated forgetting.
Atherton KE. et al, (2016), Cortex, 84, 80 - 89
Utility of testing for apraxia and associated features in dementia.
Ahmed S. et al, (2016), J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 87, 1158 - 1162
Diagnosing young onset dementia can be challenging.
Ahmed S. et al, (2016), Practitioner, 260, 11 - 2